Rights of Others
By Pat Fitzhugh, Author / Historian
web site receives many inquiries about visiting Bell
Witch-related landmarks in and around Adams, Tennessee -- most notably the old Bell farm and graveyard. The original
John Bell farm consisted of 328 acres. It has been divided numerous times
and in many different ways since the early 1800s.
where the house, well, and cemetery were located is still one tract, and I
refer to the tract as "the old Bell farm," although it's but a small
portion of the original farm. Please read and understand the following
about the section I call "the old Bell farm:"
old Bell farm is on private property that is owned by a private foundation, and
permission must be obtained to visit the place.
do not own the property and I am not a member of the foundation who owns it.
Don't ask me for permission; I can not grant it.
will not divulge the owners' names or contact information because I respect their
privacy. If you feel the need to visit the private property (as
opposed to the public areas that are Bell Witch-related), please locate the proper
parties and ask them for permission.
not ask me about the chances of
getting caught if you sneak in, or for instructions on how to get there (the
The Bell Witch Web Site
does not condone
illegal or unethical activity of any kind, including trespassing on the land of
Some parts of the original land (but
not where the house, well and graveyard were located) are open to the public at
certain times. Information about those places can be found on the Attractions
page. Area history can be found on the Adams
Always obtain permission before entering private property. Determine the
appropriate person/entity to ask, plead your case, and accept whatever decision
you are given. Be honest about why you want
to enter their property and be respectful of them.
gravestone is more than just a body marker; it is an eternal tribute
to the life of someone who once walked the earth just as we do now. The grave
itself is where the deceased or their family believed they could spend eternity,
in peace and with respect.
Remember mortal man, as
you pass by;
As you are now, so once was I.
As I am now, so you must be;
Prepare for death, and follow me. 1
graveyards with respect is just a matter of common sense, in my opinion.
is an infinite list of disrespectful acts that have been committed against
gravestones and graveyards. All I am
asking here is that if/when you visit a cemetery, please don't get so wrapped up in your
visit that you
lose sight of the fact that REAL PEOPLE are buried there.
EVPs and the like, when done with permission, cause no harm; but activities
that go beyond that usually pose a problem. Most of the paranormal
investigation groups I have met have been very honest, ethical, and responsible.
Epitaph from the gravestone of Daniel Calvin Johnston, who was a prominent
citizen of the Red River Settlement, a friend of the Bells, and thought to
be the only man with whom "Kate" shook hands. Source: The
Bell Witch: The Full Account, p. 325.